This is an old school track day SWB 912 with a 68 911S engine, built back in the day by a well-known Indiana Club racer Richard Gonzales.
Richard was true rocket scientist who worked for NASA, who had a doctorate degree in electrical engineering, and was a professor at Purdue University Northwest. He also worked Argonne National Laboratory testing electric cars. This car was driven to the University during the week and raced on weekends in SCCA and PCA.
His recent obituary states: “He was an avid autocross racer and a member of multiple racing organizations. He regularly won races into his 80’s.” Richard built this hot rod from parts sourced from a 68 European delivery 911. The 68 911S engine has been updated with oil fed tensioners. The engine is clean, seems to have low hours, and compression in all cylinders is around 150psi cold. Dual exhaust headers w/ megaphones and muffler inserts make for great sound, but still somewhat street able.
The engine is cooled by 2 extra oil coolers up from, fed by aircraft quality braided lines and fittings. The gearbox is the original to the 912, 4 speed “H” pattern set up with LSD, set up with short shift and reverse lock out bar. The car has a fully adjustable suspension. The window frames are later alloy versions from the 68 911. The car has steel flares all around. Most of the body and paint are from 80’s and looks great but does have some battle scars. The back bumper is 911R type sourced from Roth-sport.
The tub is very solid with some patches and welded in jack pads. The seats are recent Vintage Seats w/ Recaro sliders, the belts are older 5 point, door panels are RS style, and car has a full roll cage minus side bars. The dash is original with 68 911 instruments, radio delete plate and steering wheel is removable Momo Proto-tipo.
Fuel cell is SCCA rated, with hi output fuel pump and fuel accumulator. The car has a full fire system. Brakes are updated w/ Wilwood 4 piston calipers up front, with a bias control valve in car. This car runs and drives very well. Recent oil change and new spark plugs. Wheels are fresh 7″ and 8″ Fuchs, with new Pirelli P6000 street tires. The car is set up with 25.5″ ride height and would make a cool street hotrod with ability to do track day events or DE, or vintage rallies. Comes with letter from Elaine Krasowksi, another Purdue University professor who purchased the car from Richard, and period track and autocross photos.